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Grades 4-6

What’s The Purpose? 15 Activities to Reinforce the Author’s Purpose

What’s The Purpose?  15 Activities to Reinforce the Author’s Purpose

Identifying an author’s purpose for writing can be a tricky skill for some students.  Help them out by providing opportunities to write in different ways.  The ideas below offer some quick and easy ways to reinforce the difference between writing to inform, entertain, and persuade.  They’re perfect to use in your classroom writing center or
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Last Minute Science Activities for the End of the Year

Last Minute Science Activities for the End of the Year

Science fills kids with wonder and excitement about the world around them.  What is a rainbow? How does a caterpillar change into a butterfly?  The end of the school year is the perfect time to break out those last minute science experiments and activities that will leave your students thirsting for more exploration over the
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Create a Literary Wax Museum for the End of the School Year

Create a Literary Wax Museum for the End of the School Year

  Looking for a fun end of the year celebration idea that really focuses on what students have learned?  This idea from Charlene, a 4th Grade Teacher, from Washington, PA, showcases students’ understanding of literature.  Start working on it now and invite parents and other classes to tour your “Literary Wax Museum” before the last
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Ooey Gooey Bouncing Ball Science Experiment

Ooey Gooey Bouncing Ball Science Experiment

Ah, Spring!  It is getting to be the time of year when students would much rather be running around outside than sitting in a classroom.  While spending the day outdoors may not be an option, a fun chemistry science experiment can get them out of their seats and actively engaged.  Students love STEM activities and
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Reading with a Purpose and Taking a Stand

Reading with a Purpose and Taking a Stand

  by Steve Reifman My classroom’s daily Reading Workshop period consists of several components: mini-lessons that aim to build students’ comprehension skills, independent reading time, partner reading time, and word work that addresses spelling, grammar, and other language conventions and standards. This article focuses on how I structure the work my students do during their
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National Handwriting Day is January 23rd

National Handwriting Day is January 23rd

In 2013, 41% of teachers surveyed in an independent study by Really Good Stuff indicated that they no longer teach cursive handwriting in the classroom.  Increasing pressure to focus on tested subject areas, as well as the elimination of cursive handwriting from individual state requirements and Common Core State Standards assessments have made it a
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Making Science Fun: How to Make a Prism

Making Science Fun:  How to Make a Prism

Science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) are hot topics and areas of focus in the education community.  No matter what grade you teach, expect there to be a strong emphasis on these subjects throughout the school year.  In the midst of pursuing these high academic goals, it is important to remember that learning should be
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How to Set Reading Goals with Students

How to Set Reading Goals with Students

  No matter how much you want to believe that your students will read over break – whether it be winter break, Spring break, or during the summer months, the hard truth is that most children do not.  In fact, according to the National Education Association: Only 53 percent of children ages three to five
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10 Must-Read Children’s Books for the 2014-2015 School Year

10 Must-Read Children’s Books for the 2014-2015 School Year

Engaging children’s literature can be the gateway to a lifelong love of reading for your students. Explore some wonderful new and old favorites this school year and make reading come alive. Here are 10 suggestions to get you started!


11 Free Reading Websites for Kids

11 Free Reading Websites for Kids

At Really Good Stuff, we know that teachers and parents have limited time when it comes to finding free, high-quality online resources for their children.  When we first published the 11 Free Reading Websites for Kids article, we had no idea the response it would have.  In fact, the cry for more resources encouraged us to
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